NEXT DESTINATION? Winter Haven RV Park, Winter Haven, Texas
We got up and unhooked the umbilical cord, had a cinnamon bun and were ready to hit the road by 7:00 am. It was forecast to be another beautiful day in paradise, so that would be good for travelling. A few quick goodbyes to some folks that came to give their well wishes and we were off. Looks like about 650 kms today which will leave us in good shape for crossing into Texas on Wednesday afternoon.
And a left out of the park onto highway 200 which we will follow for a while up through the mountains.
Charlie has been sitting on the couch as much as he can in the last couple days because he can sense that we are hitting the road and he doesn't want to be left behind. I'm not sure he really likes to travel but I know for sure he doesn't want to be left behind.
I do love travelling in the mountains because there is so much to see. Our big goal was to get to our overnight spot before dark which we did, however just about 15 miles from there I had downshifted to 4th gear and when I went to shift up again nothing happened. I immediately thought of transmission problems and the scenario's start running through your head. Literally in the middle of Mexico with a transmission problem is not a good though. Because it wasn't showing low on oil or high on temperature we kept going with the intention of figuring out what to do if we made it to our overnight stop. Shortly after that my gauges all went funny and the transmission display started to flash. Oh oh what is the problem??? I quickly decided that there were no warning lights on so it must be electrical so we kept on going in 4th gear. The gauges all came back on for a minute or so and thats when I noticed we were showing under 12 volts on the charging system. Ok that tells me even more that it is charging system. Temps are good and AC is still working so belts are all on which means no bearings have packed up. By now we are 5 miles away so we just limped into the compound where we will spend the night. I let it idle for 30 seconds or so and then it just quit. I tried turning the key and nothing. Time to do some trouble shooting.
First thing I did was get out the voltage meter and check the chassis batteries. 11.6 volts which is basically dead. It has to be the alternator. The belts are all tight which means that the bearings have not failed so must be brushes.